Wolverhampton Wanderers were linked with a move for Arnaut Danjuma earlier in the summer.
TEAMtalk claimed that the 24-year-old was on Bruno Lage’s radar, but like many clubs, Wolves may be rueing missing out on the former Bournemouth man who has made a flying start to life in Spain.
After a fine season in the Championship last year with the Cherries, which saw the Dutchman score 17 goals and made eight assists, Danjuma secured a big money move to Villarreal.
The winger was bought for £21.15m (Transfermarkt) and he has already made quite the impression for Unai Emery’s side.
Danjuma – The Yellow Submarine Star
The Netherlands international has five goals and one assist from eight matches already.
In the absence of Villarreal’s star man Gerard Moreno, Danjuma has stepped up and carried the Yellow Submarine’s attacking mantle.
He caused Diogo Dalot all sorts of problems in Villarreal’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League and set up his team’s goal for Paco Alcacer.
In the final game before the October international break, the winger scored both of his team’s goals to see off Real Betis in a 2-0 win.
However, his rich vein of form wasn’t enough to secure a place in Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad for the nation’s World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and Gibraltar this month.
Only Vinicius Junior (5), Mikel Oyarzabal (6) and Karim Benzema (9) have scored more La Liga goals so far this season than the two-time Netherlands international’s four strikes (WhoScored).
Danjuma only seemed keen on Leeds
It seemed clear judging by Danjuma’s comments in the summer that he already had an idea what Premier League club he wanted to join.
He told Voetbal International:“A club like Leeds would be a great step.”
There is no denying that he has started the season on fire and looks to be thriving playing on the big stage.
But we have a squad packed with attacking talent ourselves. If Danjuma had name dropped Wolves in the summer and we had missed out on him then it would have been a different story.
It was wise to steer clear of a player who didn’t have the ambition to pull on our jersey and in Hee-Chan Hwang, just like Arnaut Danjuma, we have our very own summer transfer window success story.